The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a document intended to guide national and local policies on the growth and development of cities through 2036. Nearly 170 countries adopted the New Urban Agenda in October 2016 at the U. N.’s Habitat III summit on cities in Quito, Ecuador.

  • Scroll down below to see all of Citiscope’s ongoing coverage of how nations, regions and cities are implementing the New Urban Agenda.
  • For background, read Citiscope’s explainers on the New Urban Agenda and Habitat III. The full text of the document can be found here, while related materials can be found here.
  • Find all of Citiscope’s coverage from the Habitat III conference in Quito here.
U.N. secretary-general tasks 8-member body with offering key assessment of UN-Habitat by June.
Gregory Scruggs April 13, 2017
An interview with the World Economic Forum’s urban point person, Alice Charles.
Gregory Scruggs April 7, 2017
Yes, say experts. A working group meeting this month hopes to offer first-ever guidance in the next few years.
Brendon Bosworth April 5, 2017
Several groups plan to create a “financial solidarity mechanism”, to work first in Senegal and Nicaragua.
Gregory Scruggs March 29, 2017
UCLG project relaunches by highlighting nearly 70 case studies from five continents.
David Hatch March 22, 2017
The United Nations is not adequately adapting its operations and policy frameworks to the new urban reality of violence and conflict. But new tools do exist.
Deen Sharp and Gizem Sucuoglu March 20, 2017
External evaluation comes as the agency is seeking to take the lead on implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Gregory Scruggs March 17, 2017
Although Africa is awash with private equity and “impact” investors, the continent’s transformation continues to lag. But local governments can play an important role.
David Jackson March 13, 2017
Pushed by grass-roots pressure, South Africa’s judicial system has shown real progress in turning the government’s focus from housing delivery to in situ upgrading of informal settlements.
Marie Huchzermeyer February 20, 2017
A key proposal on value capture failed after months of debate on the city’s landmark constitution. But the document does put in place potentially significant mechanisms.
Emilio Godoy February 17, 2017
Enabling stronger participation by business is important, new report says, but so is transparency and public trust.
Gregory Scruggs February 14, 2017
Last year’s Habitat III process brought global focus to links between urban and rural development. In India, this has meant a new regional approach to planning aimed at bridging this gap.
Tarun Sharma and Yutika Vora February 13, 2017
And its countries want to export their cities know-how abroad.
Gregory Scruggs February 7, 2017
Notes from a Habitat III negotiating chair.
Ian Klaus February 6, 2017
Vancouver singled out as model as U.N. releases new guidelines, but many others showing interest and innovation.
Gregory Scruggs January 30, 2017
Updated: The full list includes plans to hold 74 sessions this year.
Gregory Scruggs January 19, 2017
Five views on what the former Portuguese prime minister needs to focus on as he takes over as head of the United Nations.
Gregory Scruggs January 10, 2017
Marching orders came as the General Assembly formally adopted the Habitat III strategy.
Gregory Scruggs January 9, 2017
Through the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, countries have committed to ending children’s unequal access to basic services. Yet delivering on this pledge will require a deep shift in how we plan and govern cities.
Samantha Cocco-Klein January 9, 2017
Two new courses, including a free online class open to anyone, take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to build better cities.
Carlin Carr January 6, 2017
Key will be moving beyond aspiration to focus on specific implementation mechanisms and road maps for action.
Teresa Ribera January 5, 2017
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